We Salute WHYY For Fair & Balanced Coverage Remembering Philly’s Robin West

While Hollywood might make you believe otherwise, serial killers are quite rare. Of almost 16,000 homicide victims in the United States in 2015, just 0.3 percent (26 people) died at the hands of a serial killer, according to data from the FBI and the Serial Killer Information Center, a project by researchers at Radford University in Virginia and Florida Gulf Coast University. On average, 20 serial killers were active in the United States in any given year this decade, according to the center. That’s why investigators didn’t immediately recognize that Robin, Joanne Brown, Sarah Butler, and another woman who survived an attack could have fallen prey to the same person.

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The Voice Of Alaska: Tara Burns of FOSTA /SESTA

What if I told you that scientists found something that decreases the female homicide rate by 17.4 percent and our government just abolished it? That’s exactly what happened when the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, HR 1865 (commonly called FOSTA/SESTA), became law on April 11. The bill would allow the government to prosecute websites which knowingly help or promote sex trafficking and also allow users to sue those websites.
Although the Department of Justice went on record warning that FOSTA/SESTA would make it more difficult to prosecute sex trafficking cases, the bill was framed and sold as an anti-trafficking measure. FOSTA/SESTA effectively modified section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, passed in 1996, which exempted websites from criminal charges for the actions of their users.

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We Remember: Miss Precious Nety in Nigeria

Shock as client reportedly murders prostitute in Borno March 29, 2018 Daily Post Nigeria http://dailypost.ng/author/ameh-comrade-godwin/ A commercial sex worker, Miss Precious Nety has been killed by a client who hired her for all night sex at a popular hotel in Galadima area of Maiduguri in Borno State.

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Sound Off: The Ethan Zach Trio Sex Work Sessions

Introduction by EJ: Over one year ago, I began working on a “Sex Work” episode for my podcast, The Ethan and Zach Trio. With the aid of my spirit guide, M., I dove in at the intersection of sexuality, labor and law. Together with my co-host Zach, we conducted several hours of interviews with M. and her associates, all of whom possess expertise in the sex industry

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CBS Reality to release documentary on killer Robert Pickton

A new documentary about one of the world’s most savage serial killers examines the grisly murders and resurfaces surveillance footage of his jail cell confession. The killings shocked the world and led in part to Canada decriminalizing prostitution. By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com

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J4N Oral Arguments

J4N 1/19 10A Courtroom 426 City of PHL

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THXXX Philly dot com!

D/17 PHL Thanks PHILLY dot com, The Daily News and The Inquirer: As allied with the mission of SWOP Behind Bars: “With these efforts we can reduce sexual violence in the US, ameliorate conditions for a marginalized portion of the population, and destigmatize what is a reality for many women.”


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Philly vigil set for 31 sex workers slain in U.S. this year

Philly vigil set for 31 sex workers slain in U.S. this year

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Sunday December 17th Thomas Paine Plaza 3-5

“Its time to change the social perception that she wasn’t a person, she was a “prostitute”. No one wants to feel a sense of community or sameness with her. She was something other than us and therefore we don’t need to feel fear or grief at the fact or the manner of her death.”

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PHL Action Alert: J4N Committee Announcement

J4N: Next Nizah Morris court proceeding scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 in Courtroom 426. Last proceeding was 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2017, in City Hall Courtroom 426, with Judge Abbe Fletman presiding. Thank you.

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Queen City Chronicles: Harm Reduction, Safe Stations & D/17 Discussion on NH Public Television

Eris Vayle & M. Dante discussed D/17 with Representative Elizabeth Edwards and NH public television hostess Elizabeth Kopp. They hope to hold New Hampshire’s first December 17th vigil this year.

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From Africa to America: End Demand Is Not Ending Violence or Murder

Let’s consider the first recommendation from the commission – full criminalisation of sex work. We have had this apartheid-era model in South Africa for a long time now. What have the results been? High levels of violence. In the United States, where this practice is criminalised, female sex workers are almost 18 times more likely to be murdered than other women, a 2004 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found.

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PHL ACTION ALERT: J4N

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” A court proceeding is re/scheduled for July 18, 2017, regarding access to 911 recordings in the Nizah Morris case. The proceeding will take place in Courtroom 426 in Philadelphia’s City Hall

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We Remember: Anonymous Teenage Philadelphia “Hooker”

“Crying Liberty” copyright: Deborah Gross- Zuchman http://www.deborahzuchman.com

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December 17th Is About Those Lost To Murder or Suicide 

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We Remember: Those in the House of Heidnik

Gary Heidnik was executed by lethal injection on July 6, 1999, at State Correctional Institution – Rockview in Centre County, Pennsylvania. His body was later cremated. As of 2016, he is the last person to be executed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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2016 Lives Lost Around the World

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We Remember: Maya Young

EPGN: Community mourns stabbing victim Maya Young Paige Cooperstein February 25, 2016 Maya Young asked Anthony Harper for the time six years ago while she was walking in the Gayborhood. It was a simple question that spawned a long friendship. “I noticed the birthmark on her cheek and told her it was beautiful,” Harper told PGN through his…

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Nihil de nobis, sine nobis!

A graduate student at Temple University, along with being a successful legally blind journalist, documentary producer, and director from the Philly suburbs, David Block talks about his discomfort discussing prostitution, plus D/17 in contemporary Jewish history, and in context to civil and disability rights. Note: This candid essay may not be comfortable for all readers. “Let Down Your Hair” Photo of M. Dante By Blind Filmmaker David Block for Temple University.

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We Remember: Keisha Jenkins

Monday, October 12, 2015 LOGAN (WPVI) — Philadelphia police have made an arrest in a deadly robbery that occurred in the city’s Logan section [October 2015]. Police say Pedro Redding, 22, of Hunting Park is under arrest for robbery and murder are closing in on his three alleged cohorts. The charges stem from the robbery and…

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We Remember: Natel Frances Taylor Sumers King

“I have not had the opportunity to absorb the fact that Natel will not be running in our house and calling out ‘dad,'” Dan King said, often breaking down in tears. He said he and his wife raised their eldest daughter to be independent, self-sufficient and spunky. Since his daughter’s stabbing death — in Conshohocken while on a photo shoot, Dan King said he and his wife have blamed themselves, wondering “if we had done things differently as parents would we be here today?”

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We Remember Philly Native and NHI Murder Victim Donna Marie Gentile: 1962-1985

“[Donna] was either killed because she was a part of a series of prostitute murders that had been happening in the 1980s, or the fact that she was informing on the San Diego Police Department,” said Limberg, who lectures at Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College…. She was still alive at the time gravel was stamped down her throat so it could have been to shut her up,” said Limberg.

SPEAK EVEN IF YOUR VOICE SHAKES! Maggie Kuhn, Activist.

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Penn discussion on prostitution

Nina Lopez of the Global Women’s Strike leads a discussion about the challenges women in countries like Haiti, India, Ireland, Peru, Thailand and the UK face in supporting their families, and why their growing movements for change are calling for the decriminalization of prostitution.

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Helping HIPS: Birthday Benefit

HIPS is Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive  TUESDAY 11/29 #givingtuesday Our outreach van is crucial to meeting people where they are in the District — and the van that we have now is on its last wheels. We need your help. Can you commit to donating next Tuesday? $50, $25, or even $10 — everything helps.We…

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